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c1872 map of the Greenwich Peninsula and part of the Isle of Dogs
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The Greenwich Peninsula is bounded on three sides by a loop of the Thames, between the Isle of Dogs to the west and Silvertown to the east.


Formerly known as Greenwich Marshes and as Bugsby’s Marshes, it became known as East Greenwich as it developed in the 19th century, but more recently has been called North Greenwich due to the location of the North Greenwich tube station. This should not be confused with North Greenwich on the Isle of Dogs, at the north side of a former ferry from Greenwich.

The peninsula was drained by Dutch engineers in the 16th century, allowing it to be used as pasture land. In the 17th century, Blackwall Point (the northern tip of the peninsula, opposite Blackwall) gained notoriety as a location where pirates’ corpses were hung in cages as a deterrent to other would-be pirates. In the 1690s the Board of Ordnance established a gunpowder magazine on the west side of the peninsula, which was in operation by 1695 serving as the government’s primary magazine (where newly-milled powder was stored prior to being distributed, on board specially-equipped hoys, to wherever it was needed). Alongside the magazine was a wharf, a proof house and accommodation for the resident Storekeeper. From the early 18th century, however, local residents began petitioning Parliament, asking for the magazine (and its dangerous contents in particular) to be removed; this eventually led to the establishment of a new set of Royal Gunpowder Magazines downriver at Purfleet, which was opened in 1765. By 1771 gunpowder was no longer stored at Greenwich (though the buildings remained in situ for some decades afterwards).

The peninsula was steadily industrialised from the early 19th century onwards. In 1857 a plan was presented to Parliament for a huge dock occupying much of the peninsula, connected to Greenwich Reach to the west and Bugsby’s Reach to the east, but this came to nothing. Early industries included Henry Blakeley’s Ordnance Works making heavy guns, with other sites making chemicals, submarine cables, iron boats, iron and steel. Henry Bessemer built a steel works in the early 1860s to supply the London shipbuilding industry, but this closed as a result of a fall in demand due to the financial crisis of 1866. Later came oil mills, shipbuilding (for example the 1870 clippers Blackadder and Hallowe’en built by Maudslay), boiler making, manufacture of Portland cement and linoleum (Bessemer’s works became the Victoria linoleum works) and the South Metropolitan Gas company’s huge East Greenwich Gas Works. Early in the 20th century came bronze manufacturers Delta Metals and works making asbestos and ’Molassine Meal’ animal feed.

For over 100 years the peninsula was dominated by the gasworks which primarily produced town gas, also known as coal gas. The gasworks grew to 240 acres, the largest in Europe, also producing coke, tar and chemicals as important secondary products. The site had its own extensive railway system connected to the main railway line near Charlton, and a large jetty used to unload coal and load coke. There were two huge gas holders. Originally manufacturing gas from coal, the plant began to manufacture gas from oil in the 1960s. The discovery of natural gas reserves in the North Sea soon rendered the complex obsolete.

On the eastern shore was Blackwall Point Power Station; the original station from the 1890s was replaced in the 1950s by a new station which ceased operation about 1981. A large area including the site of the Victoria linoleum works later became the Victoria Deep Water Terminal in 1966, handling container traffic.

At the southern end of the peninsula Enderby’s Wharf was occupied by a succession of submarine cable companies from 1857 onwards, including Glass Elliot, W T Henley, Telcon, Submarine Cables Ltd, STC, Nortel and Alcatel.

The peninsula remained relatively remote from central London until the opening of the Blackwall Tunnel in 1897, and had no passenger railway or London Underground service until the opening of North Greenwich tube station on the Jubilee line in 1999.

Closure of the gasworks, power station and other industries in the late 20th century left much of the Greenwich Peninsula a barren wasteland, much of it heavily contaminated.

In the early years of the 21st century, surviving industries were mainly concentrated on the western side of the peninsula, between the river and the A102 Blackwall Tunnel southern approach road. They included Alcatel, a Tunnel Refiners/Amylum glucose plant (from 1976 until about 2008 part of Tate & Lyle) which closed in 2009, and two large marine aggregate terminals on the Delta Metals and Victoria Deep Water Terminal sites. One of the two gas holders also remains.

Public and private investment since the early 1990s has brought about some dramatic changes in the peninsula’s topography. In 1997 the national regeneration agency, English Partnerships, (now named the Homes and Communities Agency) purchased 1.21 square kilometres of disused land on the peninsula. The agency’s investment of over £225m has helped to enhance the transport network and create new homes, commercial space and community facilities and to open up access to parkland along the river.

In addition to the construction of the Millennium Dome, new roads were built on the eastern side of the Peninsula in anticipation of new developments. New riverside walkways, cycle paths and public artworks were also created, including Antony Gormley’s Quantum Cloud and A Slice of Reality, a work by Richard Wilson.

North Greenwich tube station on the Jubilee line opened in 1999. It is one of the largest London Underground stations and also has a bus station. The North Greenwich Pier offering commuter boat service to other parts of London, both east and west, is located on the Thames just to the east of the tube station.

Transport for London constructed a cable car over the River Thames just before the 2012 Summer Olympics began.

The peninsula is being developed with new homes.

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At the back of 10 West Grove Lane on the staircase leading to what was Grove House (now Hamilton House) is a large bath stone slab with an steel circular ring set into the flagstone. This stone can be lifted and underneath is a partially excavated tunnel. The cavity was never excavated when I lived here bit there was an ongoing story of smugglers tunnels and potential links to the Blackheath Caverns. Or perhaps it was just a massive coal shute.

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My mother Doris Bigwood and her family lived in Odessa Street until they were bombed out and moved to Sidcup. My grandfather worked as lighterman in the local docks and was named Walter Edward Bigwood. I believe there were 13 children and their motherâ??s surname was Hunt.
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North Greenwich

North Greenwich is a station on London Underground's Jubilee Line which opened on 14 May 1999.

North Greenwich is one of the largest stations on the Jubilee Line, capable of handling around 20 000 passengers an hour, having been designed to cope with the large number of visitors expected at the Millennium Dome (now The O2).

The striking blue-tiled and glazed interior, with raking concrete columns rearing up inside the huge underground space, was designed by the architectural practice Alsop, Lyall and Störmer.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Albert Dock Seamen’s Hospital:   The Albert Dock Seamen’s Hospital was a hospital provided by the Seamen’s Hospital Society for the care of ex-members of the Merchant navy, the fishing fleets and their dependents.
Blackwall Tunnel:   The Blackwall Tunnel is a pair of road tunnels underneath the River Thames.
East Greenwich Gas Works:   The East Greenwich Gas Works of the South Metropolitan Gas Company was the last gas works to be built in London.
East Greenwich Pleasaunce:   
ExCeL London:   ExCeL London is an exhibitions and international convention centre, located on a 100-acre site on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock between Canary Wharf and London City Airport.
North Greenwich:   North Greenwich is a station on London Underground's Jubilee Line which opened on 14 May 1999.
O2 Arena:   The O2 is a large entertainment district on the Greenwich peninsula in South East London, England, including an indoor arena, a music club, a cinema, an exhibition space, piazzas, bars and restaurants.
Quantum Cloud:   The Quantum Cloud is a sculpture located next to the Millennium Dome in London.
Ravensbourne College:   Ravensbourne college - formerly Bromley Technical College - was formed in the amalgamation of the Bromley School of Art and the Department of Furniture Design of the Beckenham School of Art.
Robin Hood Gardens:   


PHOTOS OF THE AREA
Emily Street (1925):   Emily Street at the junction of Jude Street, Canning Town, 1925
Poplar High Street (1932):   Poplar High Street at its junction with Hale Street was photographed in 1932.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
A102 Eastbound, SE10 · A102, SE10 · Abbott Road, E14 · Aberfeldy Street, E14 · Adderley Street, E14 · Ailsa Street, E14 · Ailsa Street, E16 · Alamaro Lodge, SE10 · Aldeburgh Street, SE10 · Andrew Street, E14 · Angerstein Business Park, SE10 · Annandale Road, SE10 · Appleby Road, E16 · Armitage Road, SE10 · Athol Square, E14 · Aviary Close, E16 · Azof Street, SE10 · Badminton Mews, E16 · Balmore Close, E14 · Barking Road, E14 · Bazely Street, E14 · Beaulieu Avenue, E16 · Beckton Road, E16 · Bellot Gardens, SE10 · Bellot Street, SE10 · Benledi Road, E14 · Bessemer Place, SE10 · Blackwall Lane link, SE10 · Blackwall Lane, SE10 · Blackwall Trading Estate, E14 · Blackwall Trading Estate, E16 · Blackwall Tunnel Approach Road, SE10 · Blackwall Tunnel Approach, SE10 · Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach, E14 · Blackwall Tunnel, SE10 · Blackwall Way, E14 · Blair Street, E14 · Boord Street, SE10 · Bowman Avenue, E16 · Bray Drive, E16 · Brent Road, E16 · Bright Street, E14 · Britannia Gate, E16 · Brunel Street, E16 · Bugsbys Way, SE10 · Burcham Street, E14 · Burke Street, E16 · Butchers Road, E16 · Byron Street, E14 · Caletock Way, SE10 · Calvert Road, SE10 · Capulet Mews, E16 · Caxton St North, E16 · Caxton Street North, E16 · Chadbourn Street, E14 · Chancellor Psg, E14 · Chandlers Avenue, SE10 · Charford Road, E16 · Chevening Road, SE10 · Chilver Street, SE10 · Clarkson Road, E16 · Clove Crescent, E14 · Clove Cresent, E14 · Combedale Road, SE10 · Commercial Way, SE10 · Commerell Place, SE10 · Commerell Street, SE10 · Constable Avenue, E16 · Coriander Avenue, E14 · Cottage Street, E14 · Cotton Street, E14 · Crediton Road, E16 · Culloden Street, E14 · Cutter Lane, SE10 · Davern Close, SE10 · De Quincey Mews, E16 · Dee Street, E14 · Denham Street, SE10 · Dingle Gardens, E14 · Dock Road, E16 · Dock Road, IG11 · Dormers Court Ind Estate, E14 · Dreadnaught Walk, SE10 · Dreadnaught Walk, SE8 · Dreadnought Street, SE10 · East Parkside, SE10 · Edmund Halley Way, E14 · Edmund Halley Way, SE10 · Edwin Street, E16 · Ettrick Street, E14 · ExCeL Marina, E16 · ExCeL Waterfront, E16 · Fearon Street, SE10 · Fen Street, E16 · Festoon Way, E16 · Fife Road, E16 · Finchs Court, E14 · Fingal Street, SE10 · Flavell Mews, SE10 · Ford Street, E16 · Fords Park Road, E16 · Formunt Close, E16 · Forty Acre Lane, E16 · George Street, E16 · Glenforth Street, SE10 · Glenister Road, SE10 · Goodway Gardens, E14 · Greenroof Way, SE10 · Hale Street, E14 · Hallsville Road, E16 · Halstow Road, SE10 · Halstow Road, SE3 · Hanover Avenue, E16 · Hardy Avenue, E16 · Harriott Close, SE10 · Harrow Lane, E14 · Hatcliff Street, SE10 · Helvius Close, SE10 · Hevelius Close, SE10 · Horn Lane, SE10 · Horn Link Way, SE10 · Huntingdon Street, E16 · Ivy Road, E16 · Jamestown Way, E14 · John Harrison Way, SE10 · John Harrisonway, SE10 · Joshua Street, E14 · Jude Street, E16 · Keats Avenue, E16 · Kemsing Road, SE10 · Killip Close, E16 · Lanrick Road, E14 · Lawrence Street, E16 · Lenthorp Road, SE10 · Leven Road, E14 · Library Court Old Poplar Librarygillender Street, E14 · Lochnagar Street, E14 · Lowe Avenue, E16 · Lower Lea Crossing, E14 · Lower Lea Crossing, E16 · Lynx Way, E16 · Mace Gateway, E16 · Mackrow Walk, E14 · Malam Gardens, E14 · MaudStreet, E16 · Mauritius Road, SE10 · McDowall Close, E16 · Millennium Drive, SE10 · Millennium Way, SE10 · Mitre Passage, SE10 · Monk Drive, E16 · Morant Street, E14 · More Close, E16 · Moseley Row, SE10 · Mountague Place, E14 · Mudlarks Boulevard, E16 · Mudlarks Boulevard, SE10 · Nairn Street, E14 · Nelson Street, E16 · Newby Place, E14 · Newham Way, E16 · Newport Avenue, E14 · North Greenwich Station, E14 · North Greenwich Station, SE10 · Nutmeg Lane, E14 · Oban Street, E14 · Old School Close, SE10 · Orchard Place, E14 · Orchard Place, E16 · Oregano Drive, E14 · Ormiston Road, SE10 · Osier Lane, SE10 · Ozolins Way, E16 · Pacific Road, E16 · Paragon Close, E16 · Peninsula Square, SE10 · Penrose Way, E14 · Penrose Way, SE10 · Pepys Crescent, E16 · Peterboat Close, SE10 · Peto St North, E16 · Peto Street North, E16 · Pier Walk, SE10 · Pilgrims Mews, E14 · Pilot Busway, SE10 · Pleasaunce Mansions, SE10 · Plymouth Road, E16 · Pollard Close, E16 · Poplar High Street, E14 · Portree Street, E14 · Portsmouth Mews, E16 · Prestage Way, E14 · Radland Road, E16 · Railway Arches, E16 · Ramsgate Close, E16 · Rathbone Market, E16 · Rathbone Street, E16 · Rayleigh Road, E16 · Reed Close, E16 · Renaissance Walk, SE10 · River Way, SE10 · Rosemary Drive, E14 · Royal Docks, E16 · Royal Victoria Dock Bridge, E16 · Royal Victoria Dock, E16 · Royal Victoria Place, E16 · Royal Victoria Square, E16 · Ruscoe Road, E16 · Saffron Avenue, E14 · Saltwell Street, E14 · Salutation Road, SE10 · Scarab Close, E16 · School Bank Road, SE10 · School Square, SE10 · Schoolbank Road, SE10 · Scott Russell Place, E14 · Scoulding Road, E16 · Seagull Lane, E16 · Shirbutt Street, E14 · Shirley Street, E16 · Siemens Brothers Way, E16 · Silvertown Tunnel, E16 · Silvertown Tunnel, SE10 · Silvertown Way, E16 · Silvocea Way, E14 · Simpson’s Road, E14 · Southampton Mews, E16 · Southey Mews, E16 · St Andrews Way, E14 · St Leonards Road, E14 · St Lukes Square, E16 · St Thomas Road, E16 · Stratford Waterfront, E20 · Tant Avenue, E16 · Tarling Road, E16 · Thorne Close, E16 · Thorne Street, E16 · Tidal Basin Road Silvertown Way, E16 · Trinity Buoy Wharf, E14 · Trinity Buoy Wharf, E16 · Tunnel Avenue, E14 · Tunnel Avenue, SE10 · Twycross Mews, SE10 · Up At The 02, E14 · Up At The 02, SE10 · Vanguard Close, E16 · Vincent Street, E16 · Wades Place, E14 · Wesley Avenue, E16 · West Parkside, SE10 · Western Gateway, E16 · Wharfside Road, E14 · Wharfside Road, E16 · Williamson Close, SE10 · Woodall Close, E14 · Woodstock Terrace, E14 · Woolmore Street, E14 · Woolwich Road, SE10 · Woowich Road, SE10 · Wouldham Road, E16 ·

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